Friday, August 31, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Psalms 111
 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and all who follow his precepts have good understanding" -Psalms 111:10
As we look back in analysis of our lives, we need to reflect on the goodness that God has showered upon us. Often the blessings that we have, we take them for granted and many times forget to thank God for His manifold blessings. God has provided everything that we need and blessed us with numerous things that we want.
Walking with God is wisdom: The love and care that God provided for us is everlasting. God will provide with what we need and He will lead us to the right direction. The only thing we have to do is to walk with Him and submit ourselves to Him. This is the realization that we cannot be happy or fulfilled by doing things by ourselves, and we cannot move forward into this world on our own. We need to walk with the Lord. By walking with the Lord, it is the trust that we are placing in Him to lead us to the direction where we are supposed to go.
Trusting God and God alone: King Solomon is one who could have asked the Lord for anything, but he chose to ask the Lord for wisdom. "So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?" I Kings 3:9. Solomon knew that in order to move forward in doing the will of God, he will need to only seek Him for guidance in order to see satisfaction in his duties. It is the trust he had with the Lord. God was happy to hear a request that was not centered upon the self, but rather on the responsibility given to Solomon to guide his people. Therefore God provides Solomon with wisdom and much more (I Kings 3:9).
As many of us are looking forward for the new academic year, let us set goals in our lives that are centered on Christ and not ourselves. As we all face many challenges, we need to have guidance from the Lord and through Him we will accomplish the tasks that we have. When meditating on this psalm, we need to praise God and be thankful for the blessed past, and look forward in the future ahead by fearing God and having the understanding and wisdom to His will in order to prosper in this World.
Gracious God our Father, I thank you for providing for all that I have, and for blessing me abundantly. Without you I am nothing. Help me to draw closer to you and to seek from you the wisdom and understanding to do your will. Amen.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing we desire can compare with it.

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church